Don't panic - Australia's 21 million hens are still laying eggs

Australian Eggs back laying hens to get on with the job

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Laying hens are still at work. Photo: Waverley Farm

Laying hens are still at work. Photo: Waverley Farm

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All our eggs are not in one basket, Australian Eggs back laying hens to get on with the job.

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Cake bakers and those who start their day 'sunny side up' can stop panicking, Australia isn't running out of eggs.

While some shoppers have faced shelves devoid of the staple, the egg industry is assuring customers this is a short-term problem and Australia's laying hens are still hard at work.

Australian Eggs managing director Rowan McMonnies said the absence of eggs in supermarkets is driven by higher than normal demand, and is not a refection of the continuity of supply.

"Australia's 21 million hens are still laying eggs and farmers are working around the clock to get those eggs to their customers," he said.

"We're confident of maintaining steady supply through Autumn and Winter and there will be eggs readily available when the short-term stockpiling and panic buying stops."

Tasmanian egg producer, Waverley Farm owner James Walker said there had been unprecedented demand for the company's free range eggs. Photo: Waverley Farm

Tasmanian egg producer, Waverley Farm owner James Walker said there had been unprecedented demand for the company's free range eggs. Photo: Waverley Farm

Tasmanian egg producer, Waverley Farm owner James Walker said there had been unprecedented demand for the company's free range eggs, and the family company was working around the clock to keep up supply.

"Waverley Farm has been helping our IGA's and smaller stores to stay stocked up with eggs," he said.

Mr McMonnies said the government recognised the essential need for continuing food supply, and the industry would work with the authorities to ensure measures were put in place to both protect workers and the public, while ensuring a steady supply of eggs.

"Of course, egg farmers are concerned about the potential impact of coronavirus on their staff and wider supply chains but there have been no reports of disruptions across the industry," he said.

"Individual egg farms are also reconfiguring their operations to minimise the risk that one infected employee could disrupt a whole farm.

"We have had to rethink the way we do things to provide for stricter team separation and some of the same social distancing principles that are being applied in public.

"These measures will go a long way to mitigating risks and underpin continuity of egg supply for Australian consumers."

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